3 hours ago
It looks insignificant but I've been going after this glow for months. Finally figured it out, and it's pure watercolor!
With this painting I also managed to make a black background with only watercolor. I have always relied on gouache for a smooth and vivid black. While gouache does the job fantastically, being a watercolorist I always fancy a pure watercolor piece! I mixed my own black from the mixture of Ultramarine blue, Permanent red, Pthalo green, a bit of Sepia and Indigo. If you ever tried you'd know dark background with watercolor's a nuisance since it's so easy to end up with a blotchy, streaky mess. It looked quite terrible at first and only after many layers the result was pleasing enough. However, it required so much paint that I'm considering trying out some readymade black or just stick with gouache in the future.
Now moving on to the next piece 🐈
#watercolor #wip #aquarelle